Samsung has just announced via press release its plans to officially update its Galaxy S line of phones (yep, including North American ones) to Gingerbread starting this week, with the UK and Scandinavian countries first on the list to get the Ginger-bump. Samsung has again remained characteristically ambiguous about exactly which Galaxy S devices will be eligible (and when) for the update directly from Kies, Samsung's device management software.

It's entirely unclear if "North American" Galaxy S phones include the heavily carrier-customized versions of the device in the United States (Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic), or merely unbranded Canadian versions of the phone and European imports that have snuck their way onto US shores. Additionally, Samsung has said that North American market devices will be getting the update "according to the regional plan." That sounds so reassuring. Given Samsung's reputation for timeliness on Android OS updates, we certainly aren't counting our chickens before they've hatched on this one.

Frankly, I don't understand why Samsung doesn't specify with a little more concreteness exactly which Galaxy S devices this announcement concerns, because for all we know, this release could be totally irrelevant to 99% of Galaxy S devices in the US. Still, there's a solid chance it does refer to the Galaxy S devices most of our readers would be concerned with, so we thought it was worth informing you all.

We've already seen leaked Gingerbread builds for the Galaxy S from Europe, as well as reports of Gingerbread on the Galaxy Tab - which the announcement also includes among its list of devices that will be getting updated. See the full press release, below:

Samsung Offers Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' Upgrade for GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab
SEOUL--(Korea Newswire) May 16, 2011 -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in Android™ mobile devices, today announced the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab, and GALAXY Ace/Gio/Fit/mini, giving users enhanced performance and an improved user interface.

The GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab are Samsung's intelligently designed smart devices with 1 GHz application processors, giving users an intuitive, immersive and integrated mobile experience.

The upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 offers an even greater user experience, with features including:
· Faster Performance – Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability – The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.

The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan.

The upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung's device management software. Kies can be downloaded from Samsung's corporate website (http://www.samsung.com).


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Tim

    I just plugged my Tab in for the update, but only got Froyo. Anyone else getting that in the UK?

  • http://dubqnp.dk dubqnp

    We got the 2.3.3 update via Kies in Northern Europe 2 weeks ago.

    • David Ruddock

      As far as I'm aware, *some* people got it, and the update was then pulled for some reason. This is supposed to be the official, final rollout.

      • Tim

        That's probably why I didn't get it. I'll have to be patient (and try to find out why com.android.phone keeps crashing)

      • Tee

        The initial 2.3.3 was out in mid-April. That one was pulled out a couple of weeks later.

        Latest 2.3.3. -update (XVJVH-XXJVO-NEEJV3) was released in early May.

  • Kaz Gotti

    Any1 know if the vibrant will get gingerbread? Or when?

  • http://iandouglas.com ian douglas

    Uh, isn't it *already* mid-May? Few more days and it'll be "late May"

    • David Ruddock

      In the Samsung universe, mid-May extends all the way into July.

  • No matter

    LOL. Haven't we waited long enough?

  • Kyle

    Galaxy Tab really should get Honeycomb, not Gingerbread...

  • Tsaot

    Given Samsung's update history, do we really expect them to be using the same calendar as everyone else? May could mean anything.

  • Tom

    which means that those of us with the fascinate won't see the gingerbread update until late december early january, which is fine because i'm upgrading my phone in november (or doing it off contract in February)

  • Jordan

    So as a Fascinate owner... I can expect my update last... hopefully before the world ends in 2012

    • http://carelessdreaming.wordpress.com Loretta

      As a fellow Fascinate owner, I'm not getting my hopes up. :p

  • Fed Up

    I believe Samsung is based in South Korea. Shouldn't they be rolling out the updates ASAP to the United States since we are the only ones backing them up against North Korea? Where is the love?

  • juniorsgv

    bout time, but too late. returned my galaxy tab.

  • cosmic

    "according to regional plan"=depends on how much the wireless carriers in your area decides to f*** with it. There is a reason other parts of the world get updates faster than phones on US wireless companies.

  • Brian Davison

    Agree with all previous comments, ive been trying to update my Galaxy tab and S on Kies since it was announced
    earlier this week. All I get is that the current up-to date firmware is installed. And it's still froyo 2.2

  • Ray

    Cosmic is quite correct about the fact that it is the local carriers who decide when users in any region get the update, as they have to make their "mods" to enable the update to work with their UI's. Dont blame Samsung altogether or Google. If you have a genuine Google phone you get the update straight away. Unlike us in Australia who have to wait for several carriers to "make it work" for them, before we get the update.

  • Tim

    My GT is not from a carrier, but I still have not got the GB update :-(